Democrats actions too late for court pick

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The scene unfolded as Kavanaugh stood up for the recess of his Senate confirmation hearing, which opened in chaos and was marked by dozens of shouting protesters who were removed one by one by security personnel.

But within moments of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley banging the gavel, Democrats launched what appeared to be coordinated protests against moving ahead with the hearing on Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the highest U.S. court. In the first 40 minutes of the hearing, Alyssa Hackbarth calculated 44 interruptions, 13 from Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal alone.

Kavanaugh topped a list of 25 potential nominees put together by the White House in conjunction with conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

Kavanaugh, who serves alongside Garland on the D.C. federal appeals court, spoke highly of his colleague, describing Garland as "superb" in his opening statement.

"I was just arrested for civil disobedience in the Kavanaugh hearings", wrote Perabo, also known for "Covert Affairs".

Democrats are countering that it's not the quantity by number, but rather the percentage, of Kavanaugh's records that have been released that is giving them pause. "You are either complicit in the evil ... or you are fighting against it".

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Cruz then pointed out that the documents Democrats have been most insistent about getting are the ones from Kavanugh's time as staff secretary under President Bush.

"Either you run the committee or it runs you", Grassley said, signaling that today's hearings will be much more orderly than Tuesday's.

On the eve of the hearing Monday night, the Senate was given an additional 42,000 pages of documents, prompting criticism from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Democrats argue that they still haven't seen 90 percent of Kavanaugh's past work product and did not have time to review what they did receive prior to the hearing.

When they did turn to Judge Kavanaugh himself, Democrats said he represented a critical swing vote on a court now divided between four Democratic appointees and four Republican appointees.

Ted Cruz used his allotted time to make a sustained and fairly convincing argument that everything Democrats were doing was really just an attempt to relitigate the results of the 2016 election.

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Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), who also sits on the judiciary committee, expressed his outrage at Booker's action. The problem goes beyond the disingenuous demands over process particulars, he noted in his opening statement, to the breakdown of the legislative process. Not the U.S. Supreme Court.

So far, no Republicans have said they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

A source familiar with the encounter said Kavanaugh did not know who Guttenberg was and that security intervened to end the exchange before there could even be a handshake.

"The comments from the White House yesterday, trying to politicize the Department of Justice, they were wrong and they should be condemned", Sasse added.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's remarks were not the words of a man interviewing for a spot on the highest court of the land.

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. The confirmation hearings should therefore be halted so these issues can be explored and proper recusals agreed to after due deliberation, including full production of the judge's documents so his views can be thoroughly probed.

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